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How to help Japan earthquake victims

An evacuee, right, is checked by a doctor

An evacuee, right, is checked by a doctor at a shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Friday, March 18, 2011, just one week after a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami. Photo Credit: AP

Several organizations are collecting donations to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: The Red Cross is on the ground now in Japan helping with emergency relief, food and shelter. To donate, go to Checks can be mailed to: PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. Donors also can call 800-RED-CROSS, or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation

GLOBAL GIVING: The agency is helping other groups with emergency relief. To donate, go to or text “JAPAN” to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Checks can also be mailed to: GlobalGiving Foundation, Japan relief, 1023 15th St. NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC 20005

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: The corps is sending a team to Japan to help with medical needs. To donate, go to or text “MED” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. There’s also a 24-hour phone line that accepts donations: 800-481-4462. Checks also can be mailed to: Attn: Development Department, International Medical Corps, 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404

AMERICARES: AmeriCares is also providing emergency relief and expects to be on the ground in Japan some time over the weekend. To donate, go to or mail donations to: 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902

SAVE THE CHILDREN: This organization helps children displaced by the earthquake, providing emergency relief. Donate to “Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund” at or by calling 800-728-3843. Or text “JAPAN” to 20222 to donate $10. Checks can be mailed to: Save the Children, Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, 54 Wilton Rd., Westport, CT 06880

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